It is in an empty hotel near the Gare de Lyon that Guy Marchand receives. This Bellevillois now lives in Provence, with his son, where he drives an old Cadillac. That day, he “went” to Paris to talk about his new album, Born in Belleville (Artmada / Pias). A twilight disc, with careful lyrics, whose compositions were provided by the virtuoso accordionist Ludovic Beier. A great way to put Guy Marchand, this famous stranger, back into music. Clarinetist, saxophonist, pianist, guitarist and singer, he is above all a musician. If he has distinguished himself in the cinema, working with some of the best French directors, jazz has never been far from this man who presents himself as a “charming singer”.
LE FIGARO. – Your album, Born in Belleville, is an excellent surprise …
Guy MARCHAND. – I’ve been writing books for a while. Then I had the chance to meet Ludovic Beier, an extraordinary musician, who